Aug 23, 2011

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How Could Someone So Persecute Jesus!

How Could Someone So Persecute Jesus!

Taken from “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers.

This devotional is something that God has used repeatedly to steer the course of my days.  I encourage any of you looking for a daily devotional to consider this classic.  I’ve used it through different stages of my walk with God and it hasn’t disappointed at any level.  The following is the one I read today.  I always read the entire chapter referenced prior to reading Chamber’s comments.  That way I have a good understanding of what the context of the verse was.  Additionally, you never know when the Holy Spirit may use a different verse in the chapter to speak to your heart on a given day….

Jan 28, 2011
Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14

Are you determined to have your own way in living for God? We will never be free from this trap until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of “the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Stubbornness and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set on our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus. Every time we stand on our own rights and insist that this is what we intend to do, we are persecuting Him. Whenever we rely on self-respect, we systematically disturb and grieve His Spirit. And when we finally understand that it is Jesus we have been persecuting all this time, it is the most crushing revelation ever.

Is the Word of God tremendously penetrating and sharp in me as I hand it on to you, or does my life betray the things I profess to teach? I may teach sanctification and yet exhibit the spirit of Satan, the very spirit that persecutes Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Jesus is conscious of only one thing— a perfect oneness with the Father. And He tells us, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). All I do should be based on a perfect oneness with Him, not on a self-willed determination to be godly. This will mean that others may use me, go around me, or completely ignore me, but if I will submit to it for His sake, I will prevent Jesus Christ from being persecuted.

 

One of the biggest risks I see when thinking of pursuing God is how easily we can stake claim to what we believe and make it our mission to spread our message.  I’m a little stubborn by nature and find it tempting to become “obstinate and self-willed” in my ambitions.  The only way I see to avoid this trap is to “pray without ceasing.”  I must pray for a oneness with God that only he can direct.  I can’t achieve it, but can accept it.  I pray that I will be used as one of God’s tools in other people’s lives, but only as he sees fit, not in any way  that I come up with.  Today, I again am faced with an area needing repentance as God has used Oswald’s words as a tool to tune me up.  As always, I Thank God for his direction and love!

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